BALLYCLARE teenager, Sam Ewing partnered the second winner of his career when powering home in the closing stages to land the finale at Limerick on Friday night of last week on the well supported favourite, ‘Poseidon’, trained by Charles Byrnes.
The 16-year-old was gaining compensation, having filled the runner up spot in the previous race on ‘Advanced Virgo’, also trained by Byrnes, when just denied a half-length by ‘Pak Army’.
The apprentice, who is based with top trainer, Ger Lyons, is a recruit from the pony racing circuit having ridden in excess of 100 winners and his current 10 pounds claim sees him in much demand. The talented young jockey also has a pedigree for racing with his father, Warren having been joint champion on the Ulster point to point circuit in 2000.
It was ‘The Jam Man’, trained by Ronan McNally, that proved the major danger, finishing three parts of a length runner up in the race.
Byrnes said: “He has a valuable 10lb claim. I’ve been looking at him pony racing for the last two and a half years and you couldn’t but be impressed. He won all before him at Dingle last year and, when Ger Lyons released him to the outside trainers, I said I’d use him. He is entered for the Listowel Hurdle (next week) but I have ‘Wonder Laish’ for that and he has the same owner. ‘Poseidon’ could run in a big staying handicap (Listowel), but there aren’t many races for him and he won’t get into the Cesarewitch.”
Meanwhile, at Kilbeggan on Friday night, the Gordon Elliott trained, ‘Metal Man’ with Jack Kennedy aboard, claimed the featured novice hurdle. The winner is owned by former Down Royal Racecourse Chairman, Jim Nicholson and Balloo based vet, Alan Dunlop. The winning jockey, who was recording his second winner since returning from a broken leg in January, said: “He jumped and travelled great. He stuck at it well and battled well to the line.”